Bill would criminalize protests, turn journalists into police informers

first_imgNews October 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill would criminalize protests, turn journalists into police informers July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Chile November 26, 2019 Find out more ChileAmericas November 11, 2020 Find out more Chile: RSF calls for exemplary investigation into Chilean photographer’s murder Help by sharing this information News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”center_img Reporters Without Borders urges the Chilean congress to reject a government bill which, in response to a ninth-month-old wave of protests by students and others, would violate basic rights by criminalizing the expression of opinions in public. It also contains disastrous provisions for journalists covering protests. Signed by President Sebastián Piñera, interior minister Ricardo Hinzpeter and justice minister Teodoro Ribera, and submitted to congress on 1 October, the bill alludes to the ongoing protests when it says its aim is to “perfect and reinforce the regulations that enable an effective maintenance of public order.”The bill, a copy of which has been obtained by Reporters Without Borders, reaffirms the right to demonstrate peacefully but lumps “public order disturbance,” “paralysis” and “disorder” together with “violence.” By their nature, demonstrations tend to generate disorder and paralysis but do not necessarily lead to violence.The same confusion is seen in the bill’s main innovation, which is a sentence of between 18 months and three years in prison for any person found guilty of:- invading, occupying or ransacking rooms or offices of commercial, industrial, religious or other establishments- preventing or disrupting the free flow of individuals and vehicles on bridges, streets, roads and other similar installations used by the public.“It is hard not to see the first of these two sets of offences as a direct allusion to the (peaceful) student occupations of Chilevisión, the TV station that Piñera owned before he became president,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In the absence of any precision, does this mean that anyone sitting in a corridor or a studio of a news organization could be sentenced to three years in prison?“As regards the second set of offences, it is hard to imagine demonstrators staging a march anywhere other than a street, road or bridge. These provisions would be laughable if they did not threaten the right to demonstrate, one of the pillars of freedom of expression.”Reporters Without Borders accepts the principle of penalizing “attacks on the authority of the security forces,” which would subject to the same sanction (18 months to three years in prison) under this bill. But it condemns the lack of any sanctions for indiscriminate violence against protesters by the police, a frequent occurrence at this year’s student protests.Such violence has also been seen at demonstrations by environmentalist groups and the Mapuche indigenous community against the HydroAysén hydro-electric project.Media informers?Another alarming aspect of the bill is “a new power for the law enforcement and security forces, under which they can request the voluntary transmission of recordings, film or other electronic media material that may serve to substantiate the existence of crimes or participation in crimes, without a prior order from the state prosecutor.” The bill adds that this power would be used “in circumstances in which crimes against public order are committed and in which the frequent presence of mass media facilitates the existence of evidence substantiating these crimes.”“In other words, carabineros and police officers would be able to request and use media material to identify presumed offenders whenever they wanted, violating the rules about judicial controls in the gathering of evidence and violating the confidentiality of journalists’ information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists are neither police auxiliaries nor police informers. This clause wants to turn them into informers. The bill must be withdrawn.” Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world RSF_en Organisation ChileAmericas News to go further News Receive email alertslast_img read more

California Wildfires Put $7B of Loans at Risk

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / California Wildfires Put $7B of Loans at Risk The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: California Wildfires Natural Disasters Previous: CFPB Awarded $59M in Mortgage Relief Fraud Case Next: Fannie and Freddie Increase Foreclosure Prevention Actions Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. California Wildfires Natural Disasters 2019-11-08 Mike Albanese November 8, 2019 1,687 Views Related Articles About Author: Mike Albanesecenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago California Wildfires Put $7B of Loans at Risk  Print This Post ClosingCorp estimated that there is more than $7 billion in loan value and $60 million in service fees and transfer tax revenue at risk due to recent wildfires in California. This basis of the report is “in-flight” residential mortgage applications in the FEMA designated areas for the Easy, Getty, Kincade, Saddleridghe, and Tick fires. An “in-flight” mortgage application are mortgages due to close between October 24, which is when FEMA initially declared the fire and the end of the year.Redfin previously reported that Los Angeles, Orange, and Santa Clara Counties are at risk of losing more than $2 trillion worth of housing as a result of the fires. Los Angeles County has 1.49 million households valued at $1.2 trillion, with an estimated median home value of $625,000. Orange County has a total housing value of $502.6 billion, with a median home value of $709,800.“Homes in places like Malibu, the hills around Los Angeles and wine country in Northern California have historically been desirable because the natural beauty of the surroundings has outweighed the risk of natural disaster,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “But with homebuyers and sellers in fire-prone parts of California really starting to feel how environmental risk factors are impacting both the safety and value of their homes, long-term demand will change, though California overall is unlikely to lose its luster. Demand and prices for homes in fire-prone areas will go down, but as a result, they’ll increase in safer parts of the state. California is in the midst of a housing shortage, and the state should take wildfire risk into account when deciding where to focus its building efforts.”The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the Kincade Fire that burned Sonoma County was 100% contained.The 77,758-acre blaze began on October 23 and destroyed 374 structures, including 174 homes. Another 60 structures, including 35 houses, were damaged. Four firefighters were injured fighting the wildfire. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Top 3 recovery strategies for credit unions

first_imgWhen you start to think about Credit Union DR Strategies it can be overwhelming. It was hard to identify just 3 of the many strategies needed but here is my top 3  disaster recovery strategies for credit unions.Strategies:CommunicationsSystem(s)/Data RecoveryNetwork ConnectivityCommunications is key in many ways and there are so many channels that can be used. Internal communications are used to help in the recovery efforts. External communications are used to notify members of impacted services and media notification so you get your story out before the rumor mill starts churning and people start making up stories about what happened. Identifying the most common ways your credit union communicates will help determine which channels (voice, email, SMS, website, social media, etc.) to focus your recovery efforts. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Otsego County reports 3 more positive COVID-19 cases

first_imgThe county says there are 226 negative tests, 87 individuals in mandatory or precautionary quarantine and 39 people have been released from precautionary/mandatory quarantine. OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Otsego County Health department gave a update on the coronavirus on Saturday. Otsego County confirmed three more positive case on Saturday. There is a current total of 24 positive cases, one of those individuals is hospitalized, three have recovered and there has been one death. Go to the CDC website or the Otsego County Health Department’s website for more information. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more